Tuesday, 15 February 2022

The Micro-Renewable Energy Federation (www.mref.ie) today said that home owners in particular are going to be the big losers following confirmation that the current grant support for battery storage of €600 euro for domestic installs is to cease totally from today, Tuesday the 15th of February. This follows the Government’s National Retrofit plan announcement last week, stating that “Support for battery installations will be removed, that any applications must be submitted by the close of business on Tuesday 15th February, and that new battery applications will not be accepted after this date”.

Commenting, MREF member and Eco-Horizon boss Ciaran Kells, said:

“Battery storage allows home owners optimise the benefits of a solar PV install by storing surplus electricity generated during the day for use at night in the home. We really should learn from the mistakes from the likes of Northern Ireland and Australia where they have too much solar and not enough battery storage. That way homeowners could best hedge against the now exorbitant energy charges being billed by utility providers. Without battery storage home owners will be selling surplus to the grid at possibly as low as 8-10c per kwh and buying the equivalent at 20-30c/kWh.” 

Mr. Kells said the grant support for battery storage installs should be maintained for houseowners who want to optimize their self-consumption of renewable power. This move would be most beneficial for future grid stability and he again asked that the Minister and his department review this decision immediately. 


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